Such a joy talking with you and hearing about Moose’s new life. He is so very lucky living the high life! As for his old life, here are the (few) details I know of his history, as well as the names/contacts of the amazing village of volunteers involved in getting him to Colorado to start his new life as a McCoy. I am glad you asked about this process, because by putting it on paper I will be reminded of the amazing effort all of these incredible people made. Here goes …
My rescue partner Kelly Layton was visiting us in TX, touring the area and seeing how horrible conditions are for canines. While visiting Pee Wee’s Pet Sanctuary in Corpus Christi, TX. www.peeweespets.com on Thanksgiving Day 2014, Kelly met Moose. He was being housed outdoors with over 700 other animals. Moose did not have a name, so we initially called him “Marmaduke”. (We eventually re-named him “Moose” since Marmaduke made him sound too gigantic.)
We were told by Peewee’s owner, Ernie Cochran, that Marmaduke was returned because a senior man thought he was too much dog to handle. Even with over 700 animals, Ernie was initially cautious about giving up one of her dogs to us. (I know she would be thrilled to hear/see that Moose has a wonderful new life. It would also open the door for more rescues to be made from this sanctuary.)
Back to the story …
Kelly loved Moose so much, she insisted she would not leave Texas without him. She knew he needed a chance at a better life, and we knew he wouldn’t have that chance at PeeWee’s in Corpus. We asked Ernie for permission to take “Marmaduke”, and she agreed. Just so happened we had another dog leaving from Houston just a few days later, and we contacted the transport for approval to get Moose on board. He was approved. Thank you, Kristi Turek!
We pulled Moose out of Peewee’s on Nov 27, 2014 (see photo), got him cleaned up, and prepped him for travel. On Nov 28, Kelly drove him 4 hours to Houston – stuffed in a sedan with 3 people and another rescue dog named Sandy. It was quite a site!
Once in Houston, an amazing volunteer Kristi Turek met Kelly at an off-ramp near Bush airport so Moose could be transferred to his overnight foster’s house. Kristi volunteers for the pilotsnpaws.org program and her husband Howard is the pilot of the jet that flew Moose to Colorado. Howard’s brother & sister-in-law George & Linda Turek actually own the plane and they, along with Kristi & Howard are enthusiastic volunteers and supporters of the rescue effort to get dogs to Colorado.
Kristi connected with another volunteer, Danielle Bone who fostered Moose overnight. On Saturday, Nov 29, Danielle delivered Moose to another foster Robin Gonzales, who served as his overnight provider Saturday night. The next morning, November 30, Robin brought Moose to the airport. The attached photo of Moose just before he boarded the Turek’s jet was sent by Kristi to reassure us he made it! (The man in the blue shirt is the pilot.)
The morning of November 30, Moose departed from Lone Star Executive Airport in Conroe, TX with Howard and Kristi Turek (in addition to the flight, they also donated food and a stuffed lamb chop toy and arrived at the Colorado Jet Center in CO Springs around noon. They were greeted by Michael Drennen, who was there picking up his new dog – and Moose’s travel mate – named Sandy. (see photo)
Michael drove Moose to a meeting point in Colorado, where Kelly Layton was waiting (she had flown back to Colorado the day before) and Kelly drove Moose up the mountain to Edwards.
Siri Reynolds was Moose’s Colorado foster and she absolutely Loved him! Siri is the one who met you at the Pet Spot.
Every foster/volunteer/transport along the way raved over what an amazing dog Moose was. They were all committed to keeping him safe, healthy, and loved.
Linda and Rick, we are all SO grateful that Moose has found his forever home with you! What a lucky, lucky boy. Thank you for loving him and caring for him. As you can see, he had a network of loving volunteers behind his rescue effort, and seeing him so happy in his new life is the only affirmation we ever need. When we pull these dogs from their former lives, we make a promise to them to make it better. Knowing you and Rick, and the rich life you are providing Moose, means we delivered on our promise.
I have copied some of ‘Moose’s village’ on this email, and posted all of the contact information below. Any photos you reply will will be treasured.
Here’s to happy endings!
All the best,
Pee Wee’s Sanctuary
Kristi & Howard Turek
Pilotsnpaws.org volunteers: Kristi was the coordinator/ Howard was the pilot
George & Linda Turek
Owners of the private jet
Overnight Foster – Friday 11/28
Overnight Foster – Saturday 11/29